Crowdsourcing contest using data from people, dogs advances epileptic seizure forecasting

It might sound like a riddle: What do you get when you combine one online contest, two patients, five dogs and 654 data scientists? The answer: Hope for patients with epilepsy that their seizures can be reliably predicted, and perhaps prevented. A study published in the June issue of the journal Brain reports on a 2014 online contest in which more than 500 teams of data scientists from all over the world analyzed hundreds of hours of recordings of electrical activity in the brains of two people and five dogs before and during epileptic seizures. The contest result? The wisdom of the crowd created a better-than-random prediction of epileptic seizures. In what has long been a highly contentious field of research, with limited reproducibility of results, this study has made…


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